Signed by all of the world's nations except India, Israel, and Pakistan (North Korea withdrew in 2003), it [the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty] empowered the IAEA to control and monitor the spread of nuclear technology—all with a budget of only $350 million a year, less than that of the Washington, D.C., police department.The International Atomic Energy Agency is far more important to global politics than is the DC police force.
Why? Well, despite the recent NIE, the Bush administration is still selling the idea of Iran as a nuclear threat.
The IAEA is thus an important buffer preventing the use of force against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Keep this in mind as the world continues to debate the Bush administration's view of Iran: The IAEA, of course, was correct about Iraq's nuclear program -- when the Bush administration was very wrong.
Though hawks in the Bush administration doubted its value, the IAEA was recognized for its successes in 2005, when it won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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